I love tulips so about a month ago (actually two months) if you count the month I had them tucked in the dark place in the refrigerator to fake them into thinking it was winter. A short while ago, okay? Can we continue with the story? Thank you.
A very short while ago, I decided I wanted to have tulips before the frost cleared in Colorado. Frost isn't clear until the end of May and I was determined not to have to wait that long this year. I learned how to force bulbs to bloom online. Yes, amazing all the wonderful glorious things you can find to do online. It is so simple, I can't imagine why I didn't do this years ago.
You put the tulip bulbs (not all bulbs have to be faked into winter) in the coldest part of the refrigerator for a few weeks..mine were there a month just because I kept forgetting to get potting soil. They will start to get stems...when that happens,you put them stem side up in a flower pot, cover them with soil and water. Put them in a sunny window each day and WHAMMO! You have tulips in about 3-4 weeks..the stems work their way up through the soil in about 5 days and it is exciting watching things grow so quickly...yes, I actually watched them grow..so what!
That is the easy part. One word of caution is that these flowers/stems/leaves love sun so they will be stratching at the door each day as soon as the sun comes up...I AM WARNING YOU! As I write, they are driving me crazy with all their noise and chatter and constantly asking if it is warm enough yet to go outside on the patio.
With it being only 23 degrees, I should let them out and maybe it would teach them a lesson about patience too...but no, I enjoy their loveliness too much to destroy them just to teach them a valuable lesson.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I am not sure exactly why but sunshine seems to make everything better. We have had very low temperatures for the last few days but today, even though the temps are much the same as the previous two days, today seems somewhat "Spring-like" due to the bright and glorious sunshine we are experiencing. It seems to motivate people and somehow brings a smile to their face more readily than when that bright yellow ball is covered. I am sure there are a ton of people that would just chalk it up to lack of Vitamin D in our culture but I would like to think that our real lives revolve around the sun and not the other way around. Get out and enjoy some sunshine today!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I went to see my favorite computer guru yesterday to take him my old computer for recycling...not to be burned in China and send toxic waste to their air, but for others in my local area. He is such a dear person....kind to the core. I think we are all amazed (and not always in a good way) about how different people can be. I was reading a blog earlier about a woman that took books (not worn out but expensive, nearly new books) to the library in her area and she met the most lovely (sarcastic) person that was, shall we say, less than friendly. We all have to be aware that what we do in public, whether we are getting paid for it or not, can make the moments good or not so good for others. Is it so much effort to put on a smile? Do people forget to be grateful for all the things they have...no, not your new shoes, silly. The things and people in your life that make it worth living each and every day. To all that make my life better just by being in it, I salute you and wish I could hug all of you!
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